Terminal Services in SBS 2003 [book excerpt]

g’day folks – I am harrybbbb, the author of Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices and I am delighted to give away my book – I am posting up a few pages per day until SBS 2008 ships!

Today we take a quick peek at Terminal Services in SBS 2003.

enjoy…harrybbbb

Harry Brelsford

CEO at SMB Nation www.smbnation.com, Microsoft Small Business Specialist, SBSC, MBA, CNE, MCSE, MCT, CLSE, CNP, MCP….whew!

ps – I am holding a raging SBS 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 launch party in Seattle on October 4th…be there!

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Terminal Services

An oldie but a goodie in the world of mobility and remote connectivity is Terminal Services. Funny how times change. My Small Business Server 2000 Best Practices book had an entire chapter dedicated to Terminal Services. This book has a mere section of discussion, as Terminal Services has become a well-established remote management tool that doesn’t warrant extensive discussion in the SBS 2003 time frame.

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By default, Terminal Services is implemented in remote administration mode. This allows two users to connect remotely for administrative and management purposes without special licensing. Terminal Services has another mode called “application sharing mode” that is most commonly associated with a server machine (acting as a member server) dedicated to serving Terminal Services sessions to many remote mobile workers simultaneously.

BEST PRACTICE: I mentioned it early in the book and I’ll do so again. Never ever place Terminal Services in application sharing mode on the SBS 2003 server machine. Microsoft doesn’t give you the option to do this with SBS 2003 and please don’t delve deep under the hood to try and figure out how to do it!

With Terminal Services, you enjoy a remote computing session with the server, with only screen activity passed to the remote client computer. This results in a very “fast” remote computing experience, but it’s not as a network node. It’s kinda like PCAnywhere just pushing screens! But remember that in its native form (remote administration mode) in SBS 2003, Terminal Services is designed to manage the server machine (again, an additional member server would be the way for everyone to enjoy Terminal Services).

BEST PRACTICE: I’d be remiss if I didn’t honor the fact that Terminal Services has some funky licensing issues. Read the latest at http://www.microsoft.com/terminalservices.

You will work with Terminal Services again in Chapter 11 to manage the SBS 2003 network for SPRINGERS.

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